Murphy Heralds Grants to Help Workers Get on Apprenticeship Track

NJTV News online | February 12, 2019 | More Issues
Governor and labor commissioner sing praises of new focus on ‘often overlooked’ career pathway

Gov. Phil Murphy went to Sansone Auto Mall in the Avenel section of Woodbridge yesterday to hand over a $440,000 apprenticeship grant, part of a $10 million program in the current budget called the New Jersey Apprenticeship Network.
“Since our administration took office … New Jersey has seen the start of more than 140 new apprenticeship programs — which is a big deal — which in turn have hired nearly 2,400 new apprentices and issued more than 1,150 industry-recognized certificates of completion,” Murphy said.

The governor added that the programs are aimed at developing middle-skills jobs that start at around $50,000 a year and can eventually become $100,000 jobs.

Labor Commissioner Rob Asaro-Angelo, who announced seven grants Monday totaling $2.7 million, said the reason the Murphy administration is focusing on apprenticeships “is simple, because it works. Our newly created Office of Apprenticeship has been working diligently to change the way our state’s businesses and workers think about the often overlooked, but viable and valuable career pathway of apprenticeship,” Angelo said.

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